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So cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from England but I've been living in the States for five years and the thing I miss the most is Bonfire Night on November 5th.

The best thing about Bonfire Night is the fireworks, oh, and the bonfires! … and the history behind it. Basically, Guy Fawkes and his friends tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I. They nearly did it too – they hired a room under the House of Parliament and filled it with explosives. But someone told the royal palace. The authorities found Guy Fawkes in the room guarding the explosives, and he was sentenced to torture and death.

So it's a tradition that celebrates the fact that the king survived. It also means people don't forget what happens if you plot against your country. There's a kind of poem about it that starts 'Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.' That's why we build a 'guy' – a life-size model of Guy Fawkes – and burn it on the bonfire. Pretty dark and horrible when you think about it!

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Yes, a nice tradition. I think Muslims in the world do it. And in my country Lebanon the early morning of Eid, people go to the local cemetery to honorand remember the passed away relatives.

Soumis par Guizi le jeu 11/03/2021 - 02:03

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Hello everyone, it's so cool to see how traditions can vary from country to country or even place to place in the same country. I'm from Brazil and the tradition I like the most here is to be among my friends watching a soccer game. The thing I like the most about this tradition is that we always disagree on how our team should be playing the game. Sometimes the same person complains about how bad a player is performing in one game and in the next game, the same person praises the same player. It's hilarious! The best of this situation is that we always end watching the games by laughing at each other and this keep us very excited for the next game.

Soumis par Elina300697 le dim 07/03/2021 - 16:54

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Hello, guys. I very like to read about different traditions, every time you can learn something new about other countries and their cultures and traditions. I’m Armenian by nationality, but now I’m living in Russia. So I want to tell about the Saint Sarkis’s day. On the eve of Valentines Day girls cook a special salt cake for divination. They make a wish to see their beloved in a dream and eat a piece of pie.He must appear in a dream and ask for a drink. So funny and amazing =)

Soumis par marisolar le ven 05/03/2021 - 19:55

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Hello guys, I really appreciate to know a little bit of your country's traditions. It's very special to share and read so rich experiences with you. I'm from Brazil and my favorite holiday is on February when we celebrate the carnival. As the Brazil is a very large coutry, each region has its own way to celebrate this date. And I love enjoy the Carnival on Olinda's City, because is three days of party with a lot of popular manifestations as maracatu groups, coco de roda, frevo, reggae and etc. As a northstearn Brazilian I feel so connected with the energy of this moment, when we can forget all problems and fall in revelry. Antônio that goes to Olinda in Carnival time never forget. It's wonderful.

Soumis par Ari le mer 03/03/2021 - 10:28

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It is so interesting and fascinating to read about different traditions in other countries. I am a Bulgarian by nationality, but I leave my whole life in Moldova. My favorite tradition is Wine Day (or Vine Day) , which is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in October. I can say with confidence that winemaking is in the blood of every Moldovan. Even if you look at the map, you will see that Moldova looks like a bunch of grapes. The festival is a parade of winemakers with musical and choreographic compositions. Guests are invited to taste the best wine in combination with national dishes. The festival ends with a large dance called ''Hora'' (Moldovan folk dance). Have a nice day!

Soumis par Gao le dim 28/02/2021 - 09:47

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It is so interesting to read about everyone's home tradition. I am from East Laos. The thing I love the most in my country tradition in Li Xi on Lunar New Year. The best thing about it is children receive Li Xi from adults and the history behind it. Basically, adults hope children have good health and always have good luck so they give them Li Xi. Li Xi traditionally is a red envelop with small money inside. The red color is believed that can avoid evils and money means good luck. Nowadays, there are many changes. The envelop color can be vary such as yellow, orange, blue, etc.. And the small money becomes big money. Even the tradition has been change through out the time but I still love it. Kids enjoy receiving Li Xi from grandparents, Mom, Dad, older siblings and others. They keep it as secret until bring it home and excited to open it. I hope this tradition will be maintained with good intention so that kiddos can enjoys it.

Soumis par Adrian49 le mer 24/02/2021 - 13:34

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When winter goes away and spring arrives a lot of children prepare figure of Marzanna, goddness of winter. She is built by using sticks and straw. We put clothes on her and then build a bonfire and burn her or throw her in a river. It's a symbol of the arrival of spring - Jaryle, god of spring.

Soumis par jose luis torr… le mar 23/02/2021 - 02:48

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It's very interesting to know some traditions from other countries. I'm from Peru and we have a lot singular history episodes. I've read about Incas, civil wars, conflict with other countries are parts of our past.

Soumis par Abrarhussain le lun 22/02/2021 - 14:00

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In my country the tradition I like best is the Holy month of Ramzan. For many years this special tradition of fasting has brought the Islamic community together in spiritual ways and a feeling of peace and harmony. The blessing of this Holy month attracts more people to the mosques.

Soumis par Norba le sam 20/02/2021 - 11:30

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Hello everyone, So many things to learn from your comments. I'm from Syria in the middle east. From a small town where we have Akito celebration. Akito is the new year (B.C.) for a very ancient civilization of the assyrian people. Akito celebrations last for 7 days to welcome spring season. We go to a green lands, set our tents, wear our costumes, dance and have our special food. I wait for this week every year as it keeps me attached to my family, relatives and it helps us not to forget our traditions.

Soumis par Antoni Luna le ven 19/02/2021 - 19:29

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Hello! everyone. I'm from Dominican Republic, you probably don't know about this beautiful island in the Carribean Sea and we don't have traditions like Halloween, but we celebrate other kind of traditions among which ones my favorite is the civil war of April 25th, and you probably think that a civil war is not a cause of celebration but actually it represents the day when dominican people fight united against oppression.

Soumis par sxweetlollipop le jeu 18/02/2021 - 09:07

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Hello everyone! It's wonderful to know traditions around the world. I'm from Vietnam, and it's such a coincident that I'm currently having Lunar New Year holiday here. We celebrate LNY, or "Tet" in our language, on the first week of every lunar year. There are many practices to be done before and during the holiday, mainly relevant to our ancestors. It's also a chance to clean up and decorate our home for the incoming year, as a new fresh start. But above all, what we all look forwards to Tet is the time we get to spend with those we love. It's a chance to see your distant relatives, your old friends, or those who had been going abroad the whole year, and give eachother beautiful wishes. However, Tet wouldn't be whole if we don't count another unique tradition in. During Tet, it is expected for adults to give money in red envelopes to children, and so they will receive a (childish) wish in return. There are lots of tradition on Tet holiday, and together, they make Tet an unforgettable experience, to be looked forward to by both children and adults. Have an awesome new year everyone!
Hélio sxweetlollipop! I like pretty much to know a little about Vietnam's tradition. But I have a doubt, your country follows the lunar calendar?

Soumis par mafaa.k le mar 16/02/2021 - 17:24

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Hi guys. I am from Uzbekistan. From my point of view a few people know about this country. Unfortunately, there are not celebrations as hallowen or carnival in my country. However, we celebrate Navruz every year for ages. It is our traditional holiday. And it is celebrate in 21st Mart. Navruz is the beginning of spring. Basically, on this day we wear traditional dresses, that called Atlas, and cook traditional foods of our country. It can be somsa, plov, pie-apples. But especcially revered traditional food we cook on Navruz is Sumalyak. Sumalyak taste like Nutella, but it is not nutella. I can not think that it is cool, but i do not like this holiday. Because it is a little boring to me. In spite of this many people like this. if you want knew more information, you could search it in google. ( if i had mistakes, write me) And please say me, how i can improve my speaking. Or lets create a speaking club!

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Soumis par fmayr le mar 16/02/2021 - 07:47

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Personally, I quite like "Berchteln". You dress up completely in white, even covering your face, and go from house to house. There the people have to guess who you are. Afterwards kids get sweets and adults get alchol and you move on. Our town has its own little tradion when it comes to "Berchteln". In the rest of Austria people dress up either fully white or fully black. We only wear white. That is because there once was an old lady who would only led in those dressed in white. Thus everyone started doing that.

Soumis par giuseppegualtieri le dim 14/02/2021 - 18:28

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Hi everyone, I'm Italian and as most of you already know, we have a lot of popular tradition. My favourite is definitively Carnival, which is fourty days before Easter. This year is 14-15-16th February but for the pandemic many events has been cancelled. We use to wear ourself with strange costume: for one day you can be your favorite hero going out for the street of your city and nobody will think that you are crazy. It's more or less like Halloween, but it during 3 days. Also it's tradition to eat "le chiacchiere", which is like biscuit prepared for this special event. Even better in the Carnival in Venice, but unfortunately it's very far from my home. In Venice is tradition that the Carnival starts with a man disguised as an angel who jumps off the Bell Tower of Saint Mark. When he touch the groud we can say that the Carnival it starts. If you don't know this tradition please check on youtube. See ya

Soumis par Dalmi le mer 10/02/2021 - 12:42

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Actually, i don't know much about the traditions in my country. It's because there is too many culture in my country. For me, Ngaben is tradision that i like most. Basically, it's tradition from Bali where the dead buried until he become an ash. I don't know how the history. Another thing that I know about this tradition is it is expensive. Therefore only the wealth who held this tradition.

Soumis par lucasfuini le jeu 04/02/2021 - 16:02

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What tradition do you like best from your country? So cool to listen reports of different countries and cultures. In Brazil we have parties that celebrate religious icons and in the other part there are pagan events. In my memories i remember of the 13th May Party in Itapira, São Paulo state. This celebration remember of Slavery Freedom Date since it begging the afro-descendants community promote expressions of traditional rithms and musics (named congada) around the São Benedict church, a black saint. This celebrations has 120 years of history.

Soumis par viviac le mer 03/02/2021 - 02:23

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Hello everyone. It's really nice to know more about your traditions. I´m from Mexico and one of the most popular celebrations here is "Dia de Los Muertos" or Day of the Death on the 1st and 2nd of November. The festivity is a mix of a catholic tradition and prehispanic cult. In those days, we celebrate death in the sense that we remember our dead beloved ones by setting an "altar" where we put their favourite food and drinks and decorate it with flowers, and candles. Then, it is not that we are happy that they are dead or to celebrate death per se, but its a day to not forget the people we loved and it is not anymore with us. I think a good representation of our festivity you can find it in the Disney movie "Coco". I recommend to watch it if you want to understand it better. Cheers.

Soumis par duyb7hmu le lun 01/02/2021 - 19:40

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Hi, everyone. This platform is wonderful. I'm trying to prepare myself for a CV. They ask me CV in English, now with my English level, this is impossible. But if I don't fight tooth and nail, who will know the result. I'll come back as soon as I can. All the best, thank you.

Soumis par Adriana le lun 01/02/2021 - 14:15

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Hello Everyone! I'm very happy to participate in this forum. I'm brazilian from São Paulo but actually I live in Niteroi near Rio de Janeiro. Here the Carnival is very tradition party. This party is known all over the word and many people travel to Brazil to participate this party. I love carnival and we say we play carnival. Unfortunately, in 2021 we will not have carnival because the pandemic COVID-19 it's still reality and we don't have vaccine for all.

Soumis par Tayyab le lun 01/02/2021 - 05:48

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Hi I am Tayyab. I am here to learn my writing skills and hopefully Mr.Kirk will guide me to correct and improve my skills. This story is very interesting and reminds me the different traditions in my own country. If we see around the globe there will be lot of traditions and few of them are shared in forum.

Soumis par Júlia Verônica… le dim 31/01/2021 - 19:07

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Hey everyone, it’s really nice to read about your traditions. I love to know more about other cultures. Here in Brazil, especially in the Northeast, we celebrate Saints John in a very typical way. We build bonfires in the streets and roast corn, we cook several corn foods like canjica and pamonha; also sweet rice with cinnamon. We wear colorful plaid shirts and straw hats, girls paint freckles on theirs faces, and boys paint mustaches. People form quadrilhas which is a traditional dance in which couples dance our northeast folk songs: forró pé de serra and xaxado. Kids are there on the streets playing with bombs and firecrackers.

Soumis par Andrea Valencia le sam 30/01/2021 - 17:50

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The most important tradition in my country is called "The day o the dead", it's a big celebration, all towns in the country make big festivals for this day.

Soumis par Hebaoraby le mar 26/01/2021 - 20:47

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I'm so honored to participate in this platform to learn English language. Firstly I don't know How I can write about traditional festival in my country or in my view. I should write a basic story or formal essay? Thanks

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Soumis par Htet Su Naing le jeu 21/01/2021 - 19:02

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I'm from Myanmar. There are many seasonable festivals in my country. Among them, my most favorite one is Myanmar Thingyan Water Festival. We hold it for 4 days from April 12th to 16th. On the first day of Thingyan, we make Traditional Burmese foods at home and share with our neighbors. Some donates foods on the road and anyone can eat there. Some makes good deeds by doing religious matters at home or monasteries. Others visit famous place all over the city with family or friends and play with water for all 4 days. The flowers called Pa Dauk that blooms only during Thingyan are very beautiful and fragrant. Myanmar New Year is on April 17th. To welcome the new year, we go to famous pagodas (e.g. Shwedagon Pagoda) and worship Buddha. Then we do good deeds by releasing the animals on sale safely and feed them foods. I'm very happy to celebrate this traditional festival and always hope to arrive Thingyan holidays very soon. If you enjoy my comment, I would like to invite you to join Thingyan festival once.

Soumis par Saad786 le jeu 21/01/2021 - 15:38

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The most common and liked tradition of my country is Basant on any day between 25th January and 10th February every year. People fly kites and compete with each other.

Soumis par Yeetsing le lun 18/01/2021 - 19:43

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It's so great to see different festivals and traditions of countries. In my country, my favourite festival is the Spring Festival. It is the new year according to lunar calendar. At the new year's eve, family members will gather around and have rich dinner, where the most common food is dumplings. People will light fireworks to drive away the unlucky things in the last year and stick ''Fu'' ( a character means blessings) and couplets inside the house to wish lucky in the next year. Moreover, the best part I love about Spring Festival is that kids can get red envelops which contains money from elders. The experiences in Spring Festival is the most happy and sweet memories of my hometown.

Soumis par Claudia94 le dim 17/01/2021 - 23:34

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I am so glad to read and learn about other customs!, I am from El Salvador in Central America and the tradition that i admire the must is when that when you visit a family specially in rural areas or low income places; they recived you with their open hands even if there is not much to offert; a warm cup of coffe and a "tortilla" (a tipical flatbread made of corn) is always there for you.

Soumis par Jesús_Rivera le ven 15/01/2021 - 01:08

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Hello! I´m Jesus and I just started to learn english. I have a cuestion, do you remember all of post with all details?? becase I always forgot some information. Hahahaha Only happens to me?

Soumis par nancyvirginiare le mer 13/01/2021 - 17:31

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Im from Venezuela, South America. My favorite tradition is to ask bendición/blessing to your oldest relatives, like parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. So, everytime you see them, the first thing that you have to do is to ask for their blessing, their response always is: God bless you. After that you can talk about everything.

Soumis par ceryan41 le mar 12/01/2021 - 12:05

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so cool to read about cultural tradion from all over the world. ın turkey there are many kind of activties depends on geopraphical area. Most those activities like cultural heritage. Unfurtonely nowadays it could no be hold on as a regular I will only try to explain kissing hand on eid . This is a kind of respect seremony to older people.

Soumis par Maxuzbek le sam 09/01/2021 - 18:49

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I like this festival I hope one day I will celebrate this festuval in the UK, I love traveling and exploring different culteres and attending to different festivals for example in Mexico there is a festival about dead people, but never been to in these kind of festivals.

Soumis par yuyu le ven 08/01/2021 - 11:03

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I like Thingyan festival best. We celebrate it by pouring water to others. In the past time, people poured water with a bunch of Thapyay adding in a silver water bowl. This festival is interested by most people since it is summer time and Thingyan water festival is being matched.

Soumis par lilianmelim le jeu 07/01/2021 - 22:09

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Nice to read some traditions all over the world! Here in Brazil we have an amazing party that happens on June. It's June's Party. We have traditional dance, clothes and food. It's typical of countryside, but I think we celebrate this in the whole territory.

Soumis par feletmora le jeu 07/01/2021 - 14:19

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It's so cool to learn about the traditions in other countries and cultures. I'm from Colomibia and one special day in the year is the last day in the year, specificaly december 31th. When is 12o'clock at nigth, Many people burn a manikin or doll filled with fireworks (called old year) remembering the year finishing. These dolls usually represent politics, characters or anything with sarcasm, cinism or humor.

Soumis par morningstar le mer 06/01/2021 - 18:22

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İt is really exciting read other peoples comments and learn their cultures. in my country we have a really pleasant day which is 23rd April National Sovereignty and Childrens Day. it isn't just childrens day in Turkey it's includes all the childrens. İn that day childrens from all around the world coming to Turkey and all over the country celebrations are held. 23rd April was opening Grand National Assembly of Turkey and one of most important day of the Turkish struggle. I should add that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -our leader- who gifted this day to all children said "Little ladies, little gentlemens! You are all a future rose, star. You are the one who will literally drown the country. Think about how important and valuable you are and work accordingly. It does a lot of you. "

Soumis par Cicinhofay le mar 05/01/2021 - 20:53

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Its so good for me to complete my study. To live in other country and to have such an experience. First i studied in nursing school then i had a job in a hospital wich is near to my house, then i didnt expect that i will feel so bad about it because i juste cant stay like that without completing my studies in the university

Soumis par sayyidam le mar 05/01/2021 - 15:25

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Wonderful to know about other's culture! I'm from Indonesia and we have a very diverse community with hundreds of tribes, cultures, and languages. Indonesia is a muslim majority country and we celebrate Eid al-Fitr (end of the Ramadan month when muslim is required to fast) with a tradition called mudik. Basically, mudik means gathering with our parents, grandparents, and all the other member of the big fam, enjoying the festive and maintain the relations with our family. It's a big tradition because hundreds of thousands of people move to their hometown. Not only the muslim do this tradition, but also the other religion as well.

Soumis par Ibrahim24 le ven 01/01/2021 - 14:00

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Such a great to learn and educate ourselves about the similarities and differences of the nation's culture. I have been living in India more than one year and a half. As a Sudanese I found a few likes of cultures. In my country people are famous by generosity and helping. If you pass any rural area people never leave you until you take a rest and have delicious food. This tradition is not bound by a specific time of a year. Very upsetting to find this habit is declining in big cities and towns, where people are less caring about others.

Soumis par Phyu Chay le sam 26/12/2020 - 06:05

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So cool to know our diversities across the world. I'm from Rakhine State in Myanmar. In Myanmar, there are twelve months in a year and each month has its own tradition. Among them, I want to tell you about the last night of Tazaungdaing festival holding on Tazaungmone month. It is known as the thieves' night. In the times of Myanmar Kings, there was a thief called 'Nga Tet Pyar'. He had a magic tattoo of a cat on each his thigh. So, he was as light as a cat. He was like a bat man or spider man. He stole properties only from rich people. He stole two necklaces if the house owner has four. He sold the stolen properties. And he shared money with the poor people. He was a hero for poor although he was a thief. The last night of Tazaungdaing festival, named for thief 'Nga Tet Pyar', is called the thieves' night. People steal things from others' houses on that night but nobody gets angry. It is a custom but we did not go beyond the limit. We did not steal valuable things. Myanmar traditions are lovely and admirable. Thanks everyone for reading my comment.

Soumis par Ahmadmaaher le mar 22/12/2020 - 14:09

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it is a very good experience to get to know other nations' traditions. For us in Egypt, we have so many occasions where people gather to celebrate. I want to speak about certain tradition we have in Egypt to celebrate the mothers' day which take place on 21th march every year. In this day, members of every family gather with their mothers, bring gifts to their mothers and express their love, respect and gratitude for mother's sacrifices to her children. I also want to mention that many Egyptian singers and artists perform a lot of artistic works such as songs and films for this day to remind us with the mother efforts to raise her children.

Soumis par aysegul le dim 20/12/2020 - 21:26

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Hi everyone. I'm Ayşegül. I am from Turkey and I try the learn english. I am a university student and my university department is maritime transportation and management engineering. İt's a bit long name. Briefly I will be a captain ıf I to graduated.

Soumis par htetthinzarnaing le ven 18/12/2020 - 07:31

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It's really interesting to know about other people countries' traditions.For me, I'm from Myanmar.The tradition I like the best is thadingyut traditional festival. In this day, the youngers give respect and worship to the elders like your parents,grandparents,and relatives.And they give back some pocket money.I really love this tradition.

Soumis par Harrison le ven 18/12/2020 - 06:56

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Great to read all the impression culture and tradition from all over the world. The prestigious commemoration I admired the most from my country is 13 February. It's a commemoration for the national leader, Aung San's birthday. He was considered as "Father of Nation of modern-day Myanmar". In that time, there will be a commemoration which held in the headquarter of each city, for instance, Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay. So, indeed, that is the day that I admired the most because of the movement and actions Aung San done for our country was extremely efficiency and inspire for the posterity like us.

Soumis par Kp le ven 18/12/2020 - 04:29

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Hello everyone, I am KP. Basically I’m from India but living in canada for now, In India we have plethora traditions and we celebrate festivals their usually on an every month basis. Because India has vast majority and minority communities which live together and its secular country. So, everyone celebrates everyone’s traditions. But I think Diwali is the biggest festival that India celebrates and each house light up with diwas which means Diwali brings light to every home so their more light and brightness than darkness which refers to positivity over negativity.

Soumis par Mury le mer 16/12/2020 - 16:39

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I'm from Brazil where, because of its large territory, there are a lot of traditions depending on the state in which you're born. The most popular, of course, is Carnival or "Carnaval" in portuguese. It is funny because even tough it is so famous it doesn't happen in the entire country, only in the capitals of the states, specially Rio de Janeiro. More interesting even is that most brazilians don't celebrate it.
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